Hope is more than a word Friday, December 3, 2021

That with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day …     2 Peter 3:8

Advent is a time of hoping, of waiting, of a feeling of expectation, of preparation for the Nativity of Christ and for the return of Christ. Whenever we light the Advent wreath and see the Chrismon tree, we are reminded that God’s promise to us will be fulfilled … but not necessarily by our personal clock or timetable.

God’s clock is different from ours. He is patiently giving us time and opportunity to correct world problems and to repent on our own. We, however, impatiently wait and hope for peace, for joy, for a new heaven, a new earth. We have been hoping for these things for generations.

We frequently use the word Hope … hope you are feeling better … hope you have a safe trip … hope you enjoy your dinner … hope the Panthers win. Christian hope, however, is much more than wishful thinking. Christian hope is when we trust what God has told us about salvation through his son, Jesus Christ, is true.

One of my favorite hymns is “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” The lyrics seem to describe what Christian hope is all about. The words refer to God’s covenant, to his promise to support us, to his unchanging grace, to his promise to rescue and restore our world, to his encouragement and justice … all in God’s time.

While we are hoping and waiting, how should we act? 2nd Peter encourages us to be at peace and to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May your Advent season be filled with Christian hope, love, and peace.

In this Advent season, may all the world be hopeful for the fulfillment of your promise to us in your time. While waiting, help us to be kind, to be at peace, and to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Eleanor Sifford
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC

This devotional is a joint project between Christmas Lutheran (Bethlehem) and St. John’s (Salisbury, NC).

Hope is more than a word Friday, December 3, 2021

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